June 23rd, 2010
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We mentioned earlier that the il Vinaio restaurant in Mesa, Arizona, is offering a lion meat burger during the World Cup - much to the chagrin of animal rights activists. Now our colleagues at CNN Money have hunted down the exotic meats purveyor who's been feeding the frenzy.

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  1. ANM

    I read this article with a heav heart. Many people in Africa have fought are still fighting hard to keep the wonderful animal alive and free. I am horrified that a resturant on a different continent would go ahead and offer an endangered animal from another continent far removed from them as an item of food without knowing the reality of the animal's plight in its natural environment.

    In Africa, lions are generally not eaten. Most of these animals are killed as a result of human/animal conflicts on game reserve borders, mainly by squatters. In the past, some tribes may have considered killing a lion as an act of bravery, but this is almost non-existent today. Even then, the animals were not eated; the value of the animal was in the skin, claws and teeth that would be worn as an open sign bravery. This is now an outdated practice!

    In the few African countries where the animals are still found today, they are considered endangered and are fiercly protected. They are great source of income through the tourists who come to see them in the wild. They face enough natural dangers such as drought, disease and the ever present threat of encroaching human settlements. They do not need to be on our dinner plates!

    Most importantly, hearing that these regal, elegant and prized animals are being offered as food will only fuel illegal poaching activities in Africa and the lion will be extinct in no time.

    I hope that the nations where these animals are found will take a firm stand against this!!

    July 1, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  2. Rick

    Does that come with Catsup?

    June 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  3. Julia

    for some reason that looks extremely appealing to me. ROAR!! give me lion burgers!

    June 25, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  4. Tigerluver59

    Totally agree with you Anjan...

    June 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  5. Meat Man

    With a little slaw, sounds delightful

    June 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  6. pg13

    Sounds delicious, but I'll take the baby seal sandwich instead.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  7. ED

    The end of conscience? I have principles and what they did was legal, Lions are not on the endangered list. Would I go out of my way to have a small amout of lion meat mixed in with my hamburger, No. I also will not get in an uproar over someone that does.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  8. Anjan

    This is the beginning of the end of conscience.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  9. jack

    I suppose you could eat just about any animal. But a lion is a carnivore, and we should not eat carnivores. We get energy from the sun through digesting vegetation or from animals that eat vegetation, not from animals that eat animals that eat vegetation. That's energy twice removed. Actually we should not eat animals at all. The human digestive system was designed to process vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, etc, and not meat. This is totally gross.

    June 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
    • Meat Man

      As the saying goes, if GOD did not want us to eat meat he would not have made it taste so good. You eat your sprouts and nuts, leave the meat for the real men.

      June 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
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